Preventing Cervical Cancer ( Hpv )

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Can we do anything to prevent cervical cancer? The answer is an unequivocal, yes. We can immunize our children against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). If it were mandated for the HPV vaccine to be given to girls, it would be the first vaccine given to prevent cervical cancer. This would also be the first time that a person could be immunized against a sexually transmitted disease, which is how the Human Papillomavirus is transmitted. The HPV vaccine has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with other professional originations in an effort to prevent the spread of the Human Papillomavirus. Making the Human Papillomavirus vaccine mandatory would save lives, and why would…show more content…
Another concern is that girls might get a false sense of security by thinking the vaccine gives them protection from other sexual transmitted diseases when it does not (Thomas, 2008). Parents have worries about the safety of vaccines, and do not want to give the HPV vaccine or any other vaccines for that matter. There seems to be a bigger fear of gluten right now than Polio.
Over the last few years more and more parents have obviously been making the decision not to vaccinate their children as evidence by the increase in measles cases, going from less than one hundred in 2002 to over six hundred in 2014 ("Measles Cases and Outbreaks," 2015). The measles outbreak in California shows that there are active anti-vaccine groups in the United States at this time. Although The Centers for Disease Control does acknowledge that all vaccines have a potential for allergic reactions. The HPV vaccine has been only known to cause pain at the injection site, fever, nausea and fainting ("HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians - Fact Sheet," 2015). The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) discusses the possibility of vaccines, including the HPV vaccine being associated with learning disabilities ("National Vaccine Information Center Archives," n.d.). However, there is no proof to support that consensus, and there is medical scientific evidence that disproves the false conceptions in regards to the
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